updated 04:50 pm EST, Wed February 4, 2009
German Mac clones
Another Mac clone builder has appeared in spite of questionable legality, a publication reports. Based in Germany, a company known as HyperMegaNet UG has begun selling the PearC line, on which shoppers can have Mac OS X Leopard installed, or alternately Windows Vista or XP. The line is divided into Starter, Advanced and Professional models, with base prices ranging from €499 to €1,499.
Buyers can further customize the systems with a variety of options, such as CPUs varying in speed from a 2.2GHz E2200 to a 3.2GHz Core i7 965, and graphics cards ranging from a GeForce 7200GS to a GeForce 9800GTX Plus, equipped with 2GB of video memory.
The debut comes amidst intense resistance to cloning from Apple, which notes that the end-user agreement for Mac OS X Leopard explicitly prevents the OS' installation on third-party hardware. Its chief opposition has been Psystar, which has not only been sued for building Mac clones but has filed a countersuit, accusing Apple of abusing copyright to block competition. The latter also recently chastised Wired for posting a video guide teaching viewers how to install Mac OS X on a netbook.